With Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s sudden decision to run for the presidency, after disgustingly disagreeing with the Senate Electoral Tribunal’s (SET) decision favoring Sen. Grace Poe to retain her Senate seat and allow her to run for the presidency in 2016, the person who finds himself in quandary now is Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
What makes it even more perplexing for Marcos is that Duterte, even before he declared his candidacy, found himself topping the most recent Pulse Asia presidential preference survey in MetroManila.
The reason why all these is putting Marcos in quandary is because Duterte seems to have fixed his mind already in having Sen. Alan Cayetano as his running mate, and this tandem is being supported by the PDP-Laban Party headed by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr.
In fact it has been reported that both Duterte and Cayetano are currently in Hong Kong studying, planning and strategizing their tandem’s move for the 2016 elections.
Marcos, who is a vice presidential candidate, and who describes his tandem with Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago as “loose” wants so much to win the vice presidency and he believes that the only way the win can be guaranteed is if he teams up with Duterte.
Having a loose tandem with Miriam is Marcos’ brilliant idea to give him the reason to jettison Miriam in case a better winning chance for him will arise.
Thus, when asked if his union with Miriam is heading for dissolution, Marcos did not blink, saying, “This is Philippine politics. Everything is possible. So, we’ll see. This election has turned out to be unique and there are many, shall we say, arrangements that are not traditional.”
Poor Miriam, and she thought that the Marcos name would be magical for her candidacy!
What will happen, most likely, is that Marcos will dump Miriam for Duterte and promote the Duterte-Marcos tandem for his own political advantage, even as there is the party-supported Duterte-Cayetano ticket already.
Now, it is very interesting to find out how Cayetano will react and what he has to say to this foreseeable desperate move of Marcos.